Here is a Chinaism that I thought you would like.
At the job, we thought we would do some branding for our instructors – give them a little credit even though they don’t usually deserve it. Our great idea was to put their pictures up on the wall in the hitting bay. Each instructor is now assigned a hitting bay; put their photo up on the wall of their hitting bay. Nice idea right. No! One of our staff told us that putting the photo of a person on the wall means they are dead. Really? Dead? Yes, dead.
Well we may want to kill them, but they aren’t quite dead, yet!!!
Love living in China.
Some of my staff and I are at this restaurant tasting the food and drinks for an event. In doing a taste test of beer for a company event, one of my translators tried to explain to me to difference between the two beers I was tasting. She proceed to tell me that one beer was bitter while the other was sweet because the sweet beer is “Fresh Beer”. What in the world is fresh beer? I kept picturing a beer tree out back. She meant that the beer didn’t come from a bottle or can, it was a draft beer. SMH.
That same night, I was trying to talk to the cater to discuss the potential menu. I told them I wanted this and that and went on for a while. I pause to let my assistant translate for me when she looks up and exclaims, “I am a little drunk, can your repeat that.” Very professional.
Then, that same night we are driving by a bunch of furniture stores and the same translator says, ‘Wow, Furniture Center. What do they sell there?” Now mind you, she said that in Chinese (no language barrier), she was dead serious and this was before we even got to the beer tasting, so she wasn’t “a little drunk” at the time. HAHA.
Love my staff!